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Bill Federer serves up a daily dose of inspiration from the pages of American history with a special emphasis on America’s Judeo-Christian heritage.

William Prescott: Revolutionary War Hero’s Admonition to ‘Stand Fast’

American Minute with Bill Federer William Prescott was born FEBRUARY 20, 1726. At age 32, he married his wife Abigail, and they moved to Pepperell, Massachusetts. William...

The Billy Sunday Story

American Minute with Bill Federer A baseball star, Billy Sunday played for the Chicago White Stockings in the 1880's and later the Philadelphia Phillies. Born during...

First President’s Day: George Washington’s Birthday

American Minute with Bill Federer Presidents' Day is actually Washington's birthday, recognized by an Act of Congress for government offices in Washington, D.C., in 1879,...

Darwin Day vs. Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday: Same Day, Opposite Effects

American Minute with Bill Federer Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the exact same day, FEBRUARY 12, 1809, but their lives had opposite...

Circuit-riding Preacher Peter Cartwright vs. Circuit-riding Attorney Abe Lincoln vs. Judge Stephen Douglas

American Minute with Bill Federer Peter Cartwright (1785-1872) was ordained by the Methodist circuit-riding preachers Rev. Francis Asbury and Rev. William McKendree. He served as a...

Montesquieu: 3 Types of Government and What Makes Them Run

American Minute with Bill Federer Society ... must repose on principles that do not change" -- wrote Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws, 1748, Book...

Shortest term, Longest Inaugural, Gravest Warning – 9th President William Harrison

American Minute with Bill Federer "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" was the campaign slogan of 9th President William Henry Harrison, born FEBRUARY 9, 1773. Harrison was an...

Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist Leader & Advisor to President Abraham Lincoln

American Minute with Bill Federer Frederick Douglass was born Frederick "Baily" on a Maryland plantation around February 7, 1817, though no accurate records exist, as...

Battle Hymn of the Republic and Efforts to Abolish the Slave Trade

AMERICAN MINUTE WITH BILL FEDERER Five dollars was all she was paid by the Atlantic Monthly Magazine for her poem, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," published FEBRUARY 1,...

“Two Woods Diverge in the Woods…” – Robert Frost, Four-Time Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

American Minute with Bill Federer "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked...

Explorers Circumnavigate Earth: Magellan & Drake to Space Shuttle

American Minute with Bill Federer In 1519, the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set out on the first voyage to circumnavigate the world. Sailing for Spain, Magellan began his search...

Freedom of Conscience & Religion: Patrick Henry, George Mason, Thomas Jefferson & James Madison

American Minute with Bill Federer Virginia, the largest state in America in 1788 almost refused to ratify the U.S. Constitution, as it did not contain a Bill of Rights, as...

The Ten Commandments and the Necessity of a Moral and Educated Populace for Self-Government

AMERICAN MINUTE WITH BILL FEDERER "THE TEN COMMANDMENTS are not the laws. They are THE Law" - stated Cecil B. DeMille, November 8, 1956, at...

General Douglas MacArthur: Communist Subversion and the Indispensability of Christianity to Human Freedom

American Minute with Bill Federer "Our threat is from the insidious forces working from within which have already so drastically altered the character of our...

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do...

American Minute with Bill Federer Edmund Burke is considered the most influential orator in the British House of Commons in the 18th century. Born January 12,...

Sir Frances Bacon, Johannes Kepler, Galileo, Astronomy, & the Scientific Revolution

American Minute with Bill Federer The Renaissance of the 15th century led the Reformation of the 16th century, followed by the Scientific Revolution -- a period of increased understanding in...

Bill of Rights “restrictive clauses” to stop Federal Government’s “abuse of its powers” –...

American Minute with Bill Federer Though George Washington presided at the Constitutional Convention, George Mason refused to sign the U.S. Constitution. Why? Because it did not put enough limits on the Federal...

Deconstructing California: From Christian Founding to Shutting Down Churches

American Minute with Bill Federer George Orwell wrote in his dystopian novel 1984: "Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has...

“America, America, God Shed His Grace on Thee”

50 States acknowledge God "from sea to shining sea" American Minute with Bill Federer "O Beautiful, For Spacious Skies, For Amber Waves of Grain ..." ​ Almost chosen...

Alexander Hamilton’s Faith in Christ & the Constitution, Views on French Revolution, Duel &...

American Minute with Bill Federer He intentionally fired into the air, but his political rival, the sitting Vice-President Aaron Burr, took deadly aim and fatally...